Step for Step, Canadian Schools Share Passion for Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay starts on October 30, 2009, but in some Canadian schools, it has already begun. Students at Tomsett Elementary School in Richmond, British Columbia, and those at Cusack Elementary School in Sydney, Nova Scotia are attempting to complete the distance covered by the Olympic Torch Relay Route — 45,000 kilometres — before the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It’s the 18th annual kilometre run at Tomsett Elementary during which all students run a specific route. “Over the years, the students have run across Canada — to Texas, to the North Pole, to Beijing, to Torino and to Hawaii,” said school principal Donna Matheson. The students ran over 25,000 km last year to reach the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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